I used to buy Hot Wheels cars for a couple of quid down at the local corner shop, but a guy named Joel Magee has got his hands one that is considerably more expensive, and a bit older, too. This one is worth upwards of $100,000, and is considered to be the ‘holy grail of Hot Wheels Collectibles’. Now that’s something I’d bring up at the pub!
This white Chevrolet Camaro is said to be one of only 16 original Camaro Hot Wheels ever made by Mattel, and is coated in white enamel which is evidence for it being a prototype – the white was used to search for imperfections.
These prototypes weren’t meant to be sold by distributors, but a “few” have gotten out and were bought by unsuspecting punters. The thing is, lots of them were never found with plenty of customers not even knowing what to look for. In fact, this happened with the previous owner of the Camaro, who sold it as part of a set to Joel who quickly got it examined by a specialist. They came to the conclusion that this “lone white Camaro was, in fact, the rarest of rare.”
The Camaro is suspected to be the only of its kind, and the third rarest Hot Wheels car you could own. “The Beach Bomb and the Olds 442 are the only other rare Hot Wheels on the level of the white enamel Hong Kong Camaro.” But how did Joel spot it? Well, he’s actually a Toy Scout with him appearing on Pawn Stars several times under this guise. He’ll be touring the US with this Camaro in the near future, taking the car to toy fairs and appraisal events.